BRISTOL - The magic of Disney music filled the air Friday at the opening night of the 77th Annual OM Show.
The Older Members Association puts on the longest running variety show in the nation and every year, for as long as most remember, Bristolites of all ages have flocked to the annual spectacle.
The auditorium of St. Paul Catholic High School was soon packed by grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren eager to see 115 costumed performers sing and dance to selections from a wide assortment of Disney films, musicals and television programs from all eras. The stage was also decorated with elaborate sets to further enhance the magic.
Many came to support friends and family members participating in the show.
“I’ve been coming for a long time,” said Lois Allaire, who noted that her friend’s son in law would be up on stage. “There’s a lot of talent here in Bristol.”
Marsha Gauvin said she started coming to the OM show back in the ‘80s, with her parents and her aunt and uncle.
“I have lots of friends in the show from the choral society,” she said.
Carmela Michaud had come to see the OM Show for the first time. It was her nine year old neice’s first big performance on stage.
“I was looking over the song list and going, ‘Oh my God I remember those,’” she said.
Prior to the show, Michael Suchopar, executive director of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club donned a pair of Mickey Mouse ears and addressed the audience.
“This is pretty exciting to me because I’m a huge Disney fan,” he said. “Every kid who goes to Disney World or sees a Disney movie feels raw excitement. When I was growing up I felt the same thing when I turned on one of three TV stations at the time and saw The Wonderful World of Disney. Disney represents fun and kids should have fun; that is what their lives should be about.”
Suchopar then had the audience sing the chorus of “Wish Upon A Star” with him and said that it was the mission of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club to help kids build their dreams.
“My favorite Walt Disney quote is ‘anything you can dream you can achieve if you have the courage to pursue it,’” said Suchopar.
Act One opened with a medley of songs from Aladdin as well as “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas, “Reflection” from Mulan, “Let it Go” from Frozen, a Small World Medley from Pinnochio and Song of the South, “Agony” from Into the Woods, “We’re All in this Together” from High School Musical, “Villains on Trial” from Disney Villains, the Musical, “Mother Knows Best” and “I See the Light” from Tangled, “Welcome to Wonderland” from Wonderland, and “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea” from Little Mermaid.
Act two opened with a Moana Medley from Moana, then “God Help the Outcasts” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, “I Can Go The Distance” from Hercules, a Mary Poppins Medley and “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins, “Home,” “Evermore” and “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast and a Descendants medley from Descendants.
There was then an OM skit, followed by more music including “Agony Reprise” from Into the Woods, “Villains in Jail” (a spoof of Chicago), “Try Everything” from Zootopia, “Set It Off” from Descendants and then OM traditional songs.
The final songs of the night were a Wish Upon A Star Medley and “Ever Ever After” from Enchanted.
Then, the curtain fell and the performers took a bow.
The show will also run today at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.